Efficiency? I doubt there is anyone who would say they don’t want (or need) to be more efficient, isn't it?
If you're like me, when you think about efficiency, you think about having the ability to spend more time doing what we enjoy. Right?
Which means we spend less time doing those things we wish we didn’t have to do. While some people are naturally efficient, others have to strive for it. So today, I want to share with you some aspects of efficiency that might help you too in your personal life.
1. A Proper Place
You might be surprised to learn just how much time you waste searching for things. “Where are my keys? Now, where did I leave my purse? Have you seen my lucky socks?” It’s never-ending, and it’s even worse when you are answering the questions in your head and getting them in stereo from the kids and/or your partner.
True efficiency in the home is providing everything with a proper place. That means when you walk in the door your keys are placed in their home, whether it’s a key hook on the wall or a basket. Even the smallest items should have their place and that will help you stay organized, thus increasing home efficiency.
Everyone in the house (partner and kids) should all be encouraged to do the same!
You make plans at work for projects, right? Well, why wouldn’t you do the same in your home? Sure, it might not need to be as grand as some of your work planning looks, but it’s necessary. Truly efficient people understand that it’s imperative to take time out to break down the steps required to achieve a specific goal.
While you might roll your eyes and think you’ll save time by not planning… you’re only fooling yourself!
3. Timed Activities
Chores can sap a lot of your time, especially when you spend the day procrastinating to avoid them… It can stretch a 10-minute vacuum job, a load of laundry, and some ironing into an all-day affair. Efficient people challenge themselves to use their chore time productively. Once it’s over and done with, you can set about doing what you enjoy and making time for friends and family. Just ask yourself this, how often have you skipped or canceled plans because you had too much to do much at home?
Set a time limit on each of your errands and tasks.
4. No Multitasking
If you have managed to purge multitasking from your vocabulary and habits… then you are an efficiency master! The ability to focus solely on one task is a gift. It’s a gift that you give to yourself, the task itself, and the people around you. Multitasking leads to stress, half-finished jobs, and poorly finished ones. While multi-taskers are convinced they get more done, the truth is… they don’t. In truth, they get less done and what they do complete is of poor quality.
A truly efficient person understands that focused effort with no distractions will produce better work and quicker, too.
What does downtime have to do with efficiency? How can you perform if you are overwhelmed, overworked, and exhausted? We are all guilty of running ourselves ragged in the workplace and then doing the same at home. We often get caught up in people pleasing, especially when it comes to home life. However, this is going to sap your efficiency, knock your productivity, and make life so much harder for you.
Efficient people find time to rest and relax. So, never feel guilty about indulging your passions.
So, do these aspects show in your personal life
or are you still working toward peak efficiency?
There’s no wrong answer unless your answer is that you aren’t trying...
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